Feb 11, 2013 12:00pm EST
increases? what do you think should happen? should there be compromise perhaps? john mccain, the senator, republican, from arizona sparked this headline in "the washington post": mccain says maybe to new taxes to avert sequestration. here's what he had to say. >> the president is the same one that during the campaign said it's not going happen. remember that? he just dismissed it. and a lot of us, in fact, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte and i were traveling around the country warning about what was going to happen as a result of sequestration, and it is devastating. the world is very dangerous. i'm sorry i'm a little emotional about, but the men and women serving in the military deserve better than what they're giving -- what were given them. they don't know what they're going to be doing tomorrow. we just delayed the deployment of an aircraft carrier. the cuts are coming across the board. the consequences are severe. it requires a bipartisanship. would i look at some revenue closers? maybe so. but we've already just raised taxes. why do we have to raise taxes again? >> in his stat
Feb 15, 2013 9:00am EST
nomination when they get back from recess on february 25. republicans including john mccain, lindsey graham and lamar alexander said yesterday afternoon on the senate floor that while they would vote against cloture this week, they would be willing to allow nomination to move forward when congress returns after the recess. quote, i think it is efficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions would be in effect, said senator mccain. both the senate and the house are not in the next week taking a break for the presidents' day recess. we will again bring live coverage of the senate's pro-forma session that will get underway at noon eastern on c-span2. as always you can see the house live right now on the companion network, c-span. army chief of staff general raymond odierno is at the brookings institution today. he will be talking about the impact of the sequestration of the army and its future mission in afghanistan and around the world. he will have his remarks live on c-span2 starting in about 20 minutes at 11 a.m. eastern. in the meantime, wednesday defense secretary
Feb 12, 2013 12:00pm EST
. john mccain has a new fragrance out that can be sold exclusively at sears and roebuck, and lindsay, he just came running into the room and he said i endorse it, i endorse it. [laughter] you have to understand that we are dealing with a party whose hollywood symbol is pat sajak. there is not a lot of material we can go with here. speaking of hollywood, there these are these days a lot of talk about the academy awards. i have not seen all the nominees so it's hard to keep track of them. i just keep them straight. i'm told that django unchained is not a dramatization of ron paul's newsletters. [laughter] life of pi is not a biography of governor chris christie. [laughter] but one that i did see is about the iranian hostage crisis. it deals with a group of american subjects, americans subject to abuse mockery and a mass demonstration by a furious mob of radicals. the call it argot. john boehner calls a tuesday conference. [laughter] i hear we may soon have another movie star and wishing to d.c.. ashley judd is considering a run against her own mitch mcconnell for a senate seat in kentucky.
Feb 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i will just respond to my friend -- and he is my dear friend. i didn't note that sense of urgency for three months when john tower's nomination was held in limbo by the then majority of democrats. the secretary of defense post was vacant at that time as well. so this is not the first time in history that a secretary of defense's position has been vacant. the and, again, i hope that we can get this resolved, moved forward, and i think that the senator from michigan and my friend understands that we can get this issue resolved on the day that we return from the recess. certainly there is, i believe, sufficient votes to invoke cloture at that time. mr. levin: madam president, if the senator -- the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: if the senator from arizona would yield for a minute -- and he is my dear friend -- i don't believe that senator tower was filibustered. there was a delay in et going to that vote. but i don't believe there was a requirement that there be -- and i may be wrong on this -- but i don't believe